Community Giving Program

STATUS: JUNE 2024 UPDATE

CONGRATULATIONS

The 2024 Coral Gables Grants Reception took place on Friday, June 7th.  The Community Foundation made 62 grant awards with a total value of $229,500. Awards include grants from the Community Giving Fund; the Corral & Cathers Professional Artist Fund; and the Tristarr Lifelong Learning Fund.

If you’re a grant recipient and need help, please email Robertson Adams, at grants@gablesfoundation.org.

2024 Program Status

The Coral Gables Community Foundation’s Community Giving Program awards grants to deserving local non-profit organizations that address issues within our focus areas and serve those who live, work, learn and play in Coral Gables.

Programs selected for funding must benefit Coral Gables and fit within our four focus areas:

  • Arts & Culture
  • Education
  • Placemaking, Historic Preservation and Environment
  • Social & Health Services

Making a request for a grant starts by submitting a Letter of Inquiry (LOI). Organizations may submit more than one LOI. Selected LOI’s will be invited by the Community Foundation to submit an full application.

GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS

Your program or project must directly benefit the Coral Gables community, however your organization does not need to be headquartered in Coral Gables.

ELIGIBILITY

All grants are one-year grants. Grants are made only to non-profit organizations, never to individuals or for-profit corporations.

WE DO NOT CONSIDER THESE REQUESTS

  • Sectarian or religious activities
  • Political activities or organizations
  • Grants directly to individuals.
  • Annual fundraising campaigns
  • Special events or fundraisers
  • Organizations operating outside the United States
  • Organizations seeking support for fundraising events
  • Individuals

QUESTIONS?

You’re invited to browse “Frequently Asked Questions” further down on this page.

Please email grants@gablesfoundation.org with any queries about the Community Giving Program.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


In 2021, you used to have a Spring and a Fall Application Cycle. Can I wait to apply in the Fall? 

This will be our only Community Giving grant application period for the year. We have transitioned to a single funding opportunity per year.


Our organization’s programs benefit all of South Florida including the Keys. Can we apply? 

If Coral Gables residents, schools or organizations benefit directly, then go ahead.


Does my non-profit organization need to be headquartered in Coral Gables in order to receive funding? 

No, but we need to see a substantial connection to our city; the program must support the Foundation’s focus areas for our residents, our students or our visitors. 


What does the Foundation mean by “Placemaking, Historic Preservation & Environment?” 

Strengthening the connection between people and the places they share, placemaking refers to a collaborative process by which we can shape our public realm in order to maximize shared value. Monitoring or improving water or air quality. Protecting Biscayne Bay.


Our religious organization has mission work in the community that has a primarily non-worship purpose. Is it eligible? 

Non-worship activities that benefit the Coral Gables community may be considered. 


What’s the typical amount paid by the Foundation in a grant? How much can we ask for? 

In the past, most grants were often between $1,000 and $3,000 in size and there were about 50 to 70 grantees per year. This year, we expect 25 to 30 grants to be awarded, with a ‘sweet spot’ of 3,000 to 7,000. We may make a handful of larger ones. For comparison, last year there were 26 grants and the average was $3800 per award.


 

Can I modify my Letter of Inquiry? Can I change the amount?

Even our staff is locked out of making any modifications to the LOIs or the organizational information submitted with it. You may submit a second LOI and we’ll evaluate the newer one.


How can I be prepared for the next steps? 

Here are the file uploads and text responses required for the full Proposal. File uploads include:  Completed form detailing your Project/program budget including expenses and revenues; IRS letter of determination indicating 501(c)(3) status; your board contact information; most recent IRS Form 990 (tax filing).  Text responses include: Brief organizational mission statement; description of why your organization is requesting these funds, what the funds will be used for and what outcomes we can expect; and how will Coral Gables Community Foundation’s contribution be acknowledged or recognized?  None of your responses or files should not be emailed. Finally, if your organization is selected for an award, you’ll need to have your CEO sign a grant agreement and an IRS form W-2. Disclaimer: This list is not meant to be comprehensive and it may change. And please don’t submit any of this until you’re invited to do so.


When is the next application window for Letters of Inquiry in the Community Giving Program? What should I do with a request between now and next year?  

The next grant opportunity is expected in Spring 2025.


When will we find out the status of our Letter of Inquiry?  

We have notified organizations of an invitation to continue. The deadline for the full application is now Wed., April 3 at 11:59 pm. Please make sure “grants@gablesfoundation.org” is in your address book.


The Budget Form has a column for organization-wide expenses?  

We need this only for context. The main part you should worry about is the LEFT column – Expenses which are paid from this grant. If the department or organization budget is available for context, that’s helpful. Not required.


Grants from Years Past

2023 Grants 

The Community Giving Program awarded grants to 45 organizations with a value of $161,000 on June 1, 2023.

It also awarded 12 Corral & Cathers Working Artist Fund grants worth $50,000 and eight Tristarr Lifelong Learning Program grants worth $75,000.

Press release: Foundation Supports Future of Coral Gables with Impactful Grants Addressing Community’s Vital Needs Including Arts, Education, Workforce & Environment

2022 Grants

On August 31, 2022, the Coral Gables Community Foundation awarded grants to 26 community organizations with a value of $104,500.

Press Release:  Coral Gables Community Foundation Awards Over $100k in Grants to Coral Gables Non-profit Organizations

Additional Community Giving Program grants:
Fall 2019 |  Spring 2021 | Fall 2021 | Fall 2022

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